I'm trying to come up with some research ideas at the moment that focus on deconstructing the way that novice therapists think about their clients problems in a way that reveals them as dyadic process relating more to the therapeutic alliance....ie: when a therapist is pathologising the client it maybe more about a rupture or misunderstanding between the two...
Here are some thought bubbles
When the term resistance comes up in the therapists mind.
When the terms narcissism or BPD first come up in the therapists mind
When new techniques are sought or a new model of therapy is being contemplated
I have turned to Ian Parker for abit of inspiration..his paper Constructing and deconstructing psychotherapeutic discourse (1998) is a classic (here) although may be a bit rich for my current work setting?
This paper reviews recent work on the social construction of the self in
counselling and psychotherapy, and argues that we need to attend to the ways
in which the therapeutic self is fashioned ( a ) in relation to the ‘psy-complex’
as the network of theories and practices concerned with psychological
governance and self-reflection in modern Western culture and ( b ) in the
context of ‘therapeutic domains’ outside the clinic and academe, domains of
discursive regulation and self-expression which then bear upon the activities
of professional and lay counsellors. Therapeutic domains contain repertoires,
templates and complexes within which counsellors and clients fabricate
varieties of truth and story a core of experience into being. I then turn to
describe and assess some of the various ways in which this kind of critical
reflection o n therapeutic discourse and counselling practice now already
underpins the work of social constructionist ‘narrative’ therapists. Some
attention is given to the different pragmatic and deconstructionist
approaches which make the discursive constitution of the problem into
the problem, either by dissolving or by externalizing the account the client
presents. Here I argue that the activities of social constructionist counsellors
can be viewed as forms of deconstruction-in-process ( a deconstruction of
the discursive frames which have been constructed by the client), but that
they should not be viewed as stepping outside the discursive conditions of
possibility which ground their work. The psy-complex and therapeutic
domains still function as relatively enduring structures which limit the degree
to which we may construct and deconstruct psychotherapeutic discourse.
Got any thoughts on other possible issues for therapists that seem all about the client but can also be seen as dyadic?